Posted by Matthew Rothschild on December 24, 2012

Not my two front teeth. I’ve still got them, though I’ve lost some wisdom along the way.

No, all I want for Christmas is an end to gun violence in America.

All I want for Christmas is an end to the U.S. war in Afghanistan.

All I want for Christmas is for us to stop being an empire. We’ve got troops in 153 countries. Do we really still need 50,000 in Germany, 39,000 in Japan, 28,000 in South Korea, 10,000 in Italy, and 9,000 in England?

All I want for Christmas is an end to the glorification of torture, whether it’s done by Dick Cheney or Hollywood.

All I want for Christmas is nuclear disarmament—or, at a very bare minimum, the taking of these awful weapons off of hair-trigger alert.

All I want for Christmas is for the United States finally to lead the world not in causing global warming but in curbing it.

All I want for Christmas is a constitutional amendment overturning the Citizens United decision and declaring, once and for all, that corporations are not persons and that money is not speech.

All I want for Christmas is a fair economy, where the top 1 percent doesn’t hog the nation’s wealth and income.

All I want for Christmas is an end to poverty in America, and especially child poverty.

All I want for Christmas is America to live up to the promise of America.

If you liked this story by Matthew Rothschild, the editor of The Progressive magazine, check out his story “Obama Hits Right Notes in Response to Conn. Horror."

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